Sales of Chevy Spark EV Now Officially Underway in South Korea

OCT 30 2013 BY MARK KANE 14

Chevrolet Spark EV in South Korea

Chevrolet Spark EV in South Korea

As we know from previous reports, GM deferred the launch of Chevy Spark EV in Europe, but in South Korea, the first deliveries of the electric Spark began just a few days ago.

The base price without subsidies in South Korea is 39.9 million won (approximately $37,500 US).  However, South Korea offers a generous purchase subsidy of 15 million won ($14,100 US) on electric vehicles, which brings the price of the Spark EV down to $23,400 US, or thereabouts.

Of note: GM Korea’s media says the Spark EV has 105 kW of power, which is 5 kW above the U.S. specification.  Hmm…

The Spark EVs are produced in Changwon, South Korea at GM’s facility that recently got new 3 MW photovoltaic array.

According to media reports, since May of 2013, GM Korea shipped approximately 1,000 Spark EVs from Changwon to the U.S.

There’s no word on how many Spark EVs General Motors expects to sell annually in South Korea.

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See . . . it is not completely a California-only compliance car. OK, this is just a lame addition. That is where they build it, of course they should sell it there. Hopefully they’ll add more soon. Like Canada.


Sure it’s not. 🙂

Great news! But why is the same car 10 000 $ cheaper in the US than in Korea? The government rebate is big, but not enough to fill the gap.

Because the trip across the Pacific costs negative $10K. 😉

No, the Spark EV is being sold at a loss in California and Oregon to get ZEV credits. They don’t want to lose money in other markets where they don’t get such credits.

The exact same cars sold in US cost more in Korea.

This is good news, hopefully they will expand sales to at least some more states and some countries in Europe.

I just noticed the 400 on the hood.
It stands for 400 ft lbs of torque>

Does the Korean version ship with the DC fast charge option? Or maybe it’s standard?

Good to see an EV enter an additional market. Now give us fast charge support in the US, please.


Slobbovia is next! Yea!